Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.4, July 2000

2000, Vol. 22
No. 4 (July)
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..Report of Accounts 1998-99
..Reports from Symposia

..Reports from Commissions
..Provisional Recommendations
..Awards and Prizes
..New Books
..Conference Announcements
..Conference Calendar

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Conference Announcements

* POLYCHAR-9 World Forum on Polymer Applications and Theory and Short Course on Polymer Characterization

* IUPAC-sponsored event

8-12 January 2001
Denton, Texas, USA

The POLYCHAR-9 Conference (9-12 January) focus is on characterization on one hand and synthesis, processing, manufacturing, and properties on the other, with emphasis on predictions of service performance. All polymer-based materials, including thermoplastics, thermosets, heterogeneous and mo-lecular composites, blends, polymer melts, and solutions, are covered.

Research presentations will be in oral and poster formats in the following areas:

  • predictive methods
  • polymerization
  • polymer liquid crystals
  • mechanical properties and performance
  • dielectric and electrical properties
  • interfaces
  • rheology
  • solutions and processing
  • recycling
  • characterization
  • structure-property relations

Prizes to young investigators and students will be awarded for a presentation in either format; the Paul J. Flory Prize for Polymer Research might also be awarded. There will be an equipment and book exhibition. Participants from 41 countries took part in POLYCHAR-8 in January 2000.

The Short Course (8 January) will include the following topics:

  • computerized mechanical testing (tension, compression, bending, impact, stress relaxation, friction, and dynamic mechanical analysis)
  • thermophysical characterization (differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, thermal mechanical analysis, and PVT measurements for solids and melts)
  • electrical properties (dielectric spectroscopy and thermally stimulated depolarization)
  • microscopy
  • interface investigation

These Conferences used to be called International Conferences on Polymer Characterization; the new name better reflects the wide profile and the fact that experimentalists, modeling and simulation people, and theorists jointly discuss their research and development results.

The following speakers have been invited to discuss their research and/or provide overviews:

  • Akihiro Abe, Technical University of Tokyo, Japan
  • James Economy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Robert G. Gilbert, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Ailton de Sousa Gomes, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Lutz Goetlich, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium
  • Yuri S. Lipatov, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Andrew J. Lovinger, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia, United States
  • Georg H. Michler, Martin-Luther University, Merseburg, Germany
  • Jaan Noolandi, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Deodato Radic, Pontifical University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Michael Silverstein, Technion, Haifa, Israel
  • George Springer, Stanford University, California, United States

For further information, contact POLYCHAR-9, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 305310, Denton, TX 76203-5310, USA; E-mail: [email protected]; Fax: +1 940 565 4824; Web site:


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